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146 06 00 To bed and bedding, . . . . . . 15 00 00
£161 06 00 York, May 5th, 1732.
York, ss., May 10, 1732. Messrs. Joseph Moulton, James Grant and Jonathan Bean personally appeared before me the subscriber, Judge of the Probate of Wells, &c., for the County of York, and made oath that they apprized the several articles within mentioned at the just value according to the best of their judgment. Mrs. Mary Preble, Executrix to tle within estate, personally appearing and made oath that they apprized the several articles within mentioned or all the estate she knows of belonging to the within named Benjamin Preble her late husband dec'd, and if anything more shall hereafter come to her knowledge she will give it into the Register's Office.
John WHEELWRIGHT. Recorded from the original and compared by
Chas. Frost, Reg'r. It appears from the following deed of gift, that Benjamin Preble, six years subsequently to his signing bis will, and three years before his death, gave to Jedidiah, his youngest son, the land he had bequeathed to him in his will dated Dec. 16, 1723.
Know all men by these Presents, That I Benjamim Preble of York in the County of York, in New England, Yeoman, for and in consideration of that natural love and affection which I have and do bear unto my well beloved son, Jedidiah Preble of York aforesaid, Husbandman, have given and granted, by these Presents do for me and my heirs, executors and administrators freely, fully and absolutely give and grant unto my said son Jedidiah Preble, his heirs and assigns forever, the several tracts of Land and meadow hereafter mentioned, viz. :
All that my homeplace whereon I now live, containing about Thirty acres more or less, bounded South Easterly by the lane that leads up to Scituate so-called, South Westerly and Westerly by the County Road, North Westerly by the mill Creek, North Easterly by the land of Lieut. John Sayward. Also One Tract of Land containing Forty acres by estimation, more or less, lying on the South East side of the Fall mill Brook, bounded as is expressed in a return for the same in York town book page 113, also the moiety or half part of Twenty acres of meadow, lying to the North East of Cape Neddock Pond, which was laid out in Partnership between me and my son-in-law Rowland Young,* bounded as is described in a return of the same in page 386, of said Town Book: Together with my Dwelling Houso and Barn and all the appurtenances, privileges and comodities to the said Lands and meadow belonging or in any wise appertaining (always excepting and retaining and reserving to myself the whole use, im
• Husband of Hannah Preble.
provement and Income of all the Premises and every part thereof during my natural life). To have and to hold the said granted Premises with the appurtenances, To him the said Jedidiah Preble his heirs and assigns forever: To his and their only proper use, benefit and behoof (after my decease) forever without any manner of condition, redemption or revocation whatever (except as above excepted). In witness whereof I the said Benjamin Preble have hereunto set my hand and seal this nineteenth day of September, in the third year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the second, Anno Domini 1729.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered in
Jonathern Young. York ss. Novemb" 5, 1729. Recorded Lib° 13, Fol' 146 of York County Recd for Deeds, &c. Att-Jos Moody, Reg?.
York ss. Septmber the 24th, 1729, Bengmen Prebel persnel apered be foer me the subscriber and Exknowleg this instrument to be His act and deed.
SAMUEL CAME, Jus: Pes.
Children of BENJAMIN and MARY PREBLE, (8–7),
III. Grandchildren of ABRAHAM and JUDITH. 27-1. Judah, b. Feb. 9, 1679, at York, Me.; d. before his father,
unmarried. 28–2. John, b. Nov. 26, 1699, at York, Me.; in. Dec. 24, 1724,
Hannah Young. 29–3. Hannah, b. 1701, at York, Me.; m. Rowland Young. 30–4. Judith, b. 1703, at York, Me.; m. 1734, Samuel Goodwin. 31-5. Abigail, b. 1705, at York, Me. 32-6. Jedidiah, b. 1707, at York, Me.; m. 1st, March 21, 1733,
Martha Junkins ; m. 2d, May 9, 1754, Mehitable Bangs; d. March 11, 1784, at Falmouth, Me.
Grandchildren of BENJAMIN and Mary. IV. Children of John PREBLE (28–2), and HANNAH YOUNG.
1. Tabitha, b. Nov. 7, 1725. 2. Jedidiah, b. Dec. 16, 1727. 3. Abigail, b. Nov., 1729 ; m. Joseph Preble, May-29, 1762, son
of Samuel 4. Lydia, b. Dec. 20, 1731. 5. Benjamin, b. Nov. 14, 1733; m. Joanna Bean, Sept. 12, 1764. 6. Mercy, b. April 22, 1738. 7. Hannah, b. Feb. 17, 1741.
IV. Children of Judith Preble (30–4) and SAMUEL
GOODWIN. 1. Benjamin, b. Nov. 6, 1735. Had a family and removed to
Kittery, Me. 2. Amaziah, 'b. April 22, 1739.*
IV. Children of Jedidiah PREBLE (32-6) and MARTHA
JUNKINS, his first wife.
All born in York, Me. 1. Jedidiah, b. — ;m. Avis Phillips, of Boston ; d. 2. John, b. 1742 ; m. Sarah Frost, of Machias, Nov., 1783 ;
d. Dec. 3, 1787. 3. Lucy, b. — ; m. Jonathan Webb, of Boston, Jan.,
1763; d. 4. Samuel, b. — ; d. in the West Indies, unm. 5. William, b. — ; went to sea and never heard from ; unm.
Children of his second wife, MEHTABLE Bangs.
All born in Falmouth, Me. 6. Martha, b. Nov. 18, 1754; m. Thomas Oxnard, Jan. 17, 1772; d. Oct. 16, 1824.
1st, Dorcas Ilsley, Oct. 7, 1781. 7. Ebenezer, b. Aug. 15, 1757; m. / 3d, Betsey Derby, June, 1795.
| 2d, Mary Derby, June 14, 1785.
( 4th, Abigail Torrey, — d. April, 1817. 8. Joshua, b. Nov. 28, 1759 ; m. Hannah Cross, of Newbury
port; d. Nov. 4, 1803. 9. Edward, b. Aug. 15, 1761 ; m. Mary Deering, of Portland,
March 17, 1801 ; d. Aug. 25, 1807. 10. Enoch, b. July 2, 1763 ; m. Sally Cross, of. Gorham, Me., Sept.
14, 1800 ; d. Sept. 28, 1842. 11. Statira, b. Jan. 3, 1767 ; m. Richard Codman, of Portland,
Sept. 10, 1789; d. Aug. 15, 1796. 12. Henry, b. Jan. 24, 1770; m. Frances Wright, of Stafford, Staf
fordshire, Eng., Dec. 11, 1794; d. Dec. 25, 1825.
* The following story of Amazinh Goodwin was narrated to me by Mr. Alexander McIntire, as he had often heard it told when a boy. “In 1801 Maj. Derby was elected to the Legislature. After his clcction, he invited a number of his constituents to a public house to drink wine with him. Among the number was Joshua Grant, who had been a Sergeant in his company in 1775, and who rclated the following story :-Hc, Grant, and Amaziah Goodwin were Sergeants in a company of Volunteers raised by Capt. Derhy, rife regiment to which the company was attached was commanded by Col. Scammon of Saco. On its arriral in the vicinity of Boston, the regiment was stationed near the line between Cambridge and Charlestown, and not far from where Joseph Barrell's house stood. It was
II. SARAH PREBLE (948),
EIGHTH CHILD OF ABRAHAM AND JUDITH. Sarah Preble was born somewhere about 1659, and was yet in her infancy at the death of her father. She had a still younger sister, Mary (10-9), who died unmarried. She married Henry Coombs, — , and died Oct. 25, 1724, aged about 65 years. Henry Coombs died Feb. 10, 1725, aged about 80, and was therefore fifteen years her senior.
Before her marriage she gave birth to a son whom she called Zebulon. She not only acknowledged this son, but insisted upon his having her maiden name, “ Preble.” Hence his descendants are said to have obtained the name of Preble by “reputation.” It is not known whether Henry Coombs was the father of her child, or whether she had other children after her marriage. In the course of time her son became a man, married Hannah, daughter of Philip Welch, and in turn becoming the father of a family, and to evince his love and affection for his mother, gave to his eldest child the name of Sarah.
there stationed to prevent the enemy's boats landing from the ships-of-war which lay in the vicinity of Charles river.
“When a brisk and incessant firing was heard from Breed's Hill on the morning of the 17th of June, 1775, the regiment was held in readiness to march, and every moment orders were expected to march to Charlestown heights. Time passed, thic firing increased, but no orders came ; at length Sergeant Goodwin, from his great anxiety to be with the combatants, requested Capt. Derby. to permit him, with a few volunteers from the company, to march to the heights. Derby refused, telling him all would soon have to march. Again Goodwin asked, and to go alone, and was so carnest and importunate that Derby consented to his going provided he could obtain the consent of Col. Scammon. Goodwin sought the Colonel, and would not leave him till he obtained his written permit, and was instructed by the Colonel, if he succeeded in reaching our lines, to say Col. Scammon was waiting orders to march. On his rctnrn to Capt. Derby, highly delighted with his success, Joshua Grant asked the Captain's perinission to let him accompany Goodwin, which as they were neighbors and particular friends, he granted, but would allow no other man to leave the company.
“It was not long before the two friends were on the battle ground. Before reaching the lines, when several rods distant from the American entrenchments, Goodwin received a innsket ball in the neck, which nearly brought him to the ground. As he recovered lim self, Grant asked if he was wounded. Goodwin replied that he did not know, but on untying his neckerchief, he found the ball buried in the knot which fastened it to his neck. They then both went into the lines, and there remained, using their muskcts, and were among the last that left the hill."
In 1819, Mr. McIntire made out a declaration for the purpose of obtaining a pension for Grant, who then related to him the same story, and added : “Goodwin has gone, and don't need a pension. If he had had command of Scammon's regiment, 'tis my opinion that the British woutu not have gained possession of Bunker's Hill.” This was the opinion of a non-commissioned officer, who probably hnd but little idea of the battle, except of the fighting in which he shared, and it should have weight accordingly.
III. Zebulon Preble (33–1), son of Sarah Preble. Born at York, Me., — ; married Hannah, daughter of Philip Welch, 1712–13, and died after July 26, 1769.
In 1753 he executed the following paper in favor of one of his daughters.
Know all Men by these Presents, That I Zebulon Preble of York in the County of York, husbaudman, for and in consideration of the good services and dutiful behaviour of my daughter Deborah now with me and for the love I have and bear to my said daughter, Have and by these presents do freely give and grant to my said Daughter Deborah, over and above her part and share in such estate as I may leave at my decease in case I die intestate, all such Household Goods as Beds, Beding and Furniture, Dishes, Spoons, Pewter, Earthen and Wooden vessells, Chairs, Tables, Looking-Glasses, Chests, and all other the moveables and Household Stuff within Doors, as I shall died seized of, and no part thereof to be accounted to her as her Portion in my Estate in case I dye as aforesaid. To Have AND to Hold to the said Deborah her Heirs and assigns to her and their use as a good estate free of all incumbrances without any manner of condition whatsoever.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Sixth Day of Dec' A.D. 1753.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered in presence of us,
York ss. York, Dec. 6, 1753. DAN'L MOULTON,
Zebulon Preble above acknowledged HANNAH MoULTON.
the above Instrument as his act and
On the division of the town lands in 1732, six shares were assigned to Zebulon Preble. His will, dated July 26, 1769, mentions the names of his children, Daniel, Deborah, Abraham, Jonathan, Joseph, Sarah and Elizabeth. Hannah, Hepzibah, Zebulon and David, whose births are recorded, are not mentioned in the will, and had probably deceased when it was written. In 1850, his great-grandson Joseph was the coly descendant of this illegitimate branch bearing the name of Preble, and above the age of twenty-one years, residing in York.